Many people in our present-day society identify themselves as introverts. While introverted people generally appear to be rather aloof and shy and do not communicate much or are not much eager unless you talk to them first, introverts have their own powers that make them truly unique and special, in their own way. These people possess various hidden powers that make them stand out from the regular crowd because a vast majority of people in our society are extroverts who simply love to socialize, communicate and connect with other people – it is a child’s play for them and they enjoy it very much.
The terms “introvert” and “extrovert” were first made by psychologist Carl Jung in the 1920s. The lessons you can learn from famous introverts like Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elon Musk, Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling, Meryl Streep, Warren Buffet, and Mahatma Gandhi.
There is no one particular definition or characteristic that is typical of introversion and being an introvert, therefore, covers a broad spectrum of emotions and behavior. This makes it even more difficult to pinpoint and identify all the strengths that come out of being an introvert.
It is high time that we appreciate the personality traits of the individuals all around us – they are the quieter side of society who remain understated and yet subtly important. Let us all know the hidden traits or hidden powers of introverts that make them different from extroverts or ambiverts:
1. They self-reflect a lot:
Introverts spend a lot of time thinking about how things are happening in their life, the areas they could have done better, and where they could have improved themselves. This tendency of self-reflection, of looking within themselves can prove to be beneficial and yet detrimental in some ways. They will find out things about themselves and will reflect on them. They are more willing and likely to consider their behaviors, actions, thoughts, and emotions that direct them and change themselves for the better. Mental flexibility on their part is immensely advantageous to them when it comes to building and maintaining relationships. This also enables them to achieve growth as individuals.
2. They have a moral compass which they obey:
Introverts are very much aware of their ethics, morals, and values and try their best at all costs to maintain these above all. Introverts are usually very principled and disciplined human beings who carefully take each and every decision in their lives and certainly not something that makes them violate their moral compass. However, this can prove to be a disadvantage to them too, because they are so prone to overthinking and can end up overanalyzing the core of a matter even when it is not necessary. In that case, their morals and principles could very well turn into unwanted burdens for them.
3. They stay motivated from inside:
Usually, in the case of an introvert, they remain very much energized and motivated from within and do not need to rely on external sources for inspiration or motivation. This is unlike extroverts, who mostly depend a lot on external admiration and validation. Introverts also usually work things out at their own pace and do not let the expectations or comments of others get in their way of doing things and succeeding at them. These people are usually the courageous ones who
4. They are spiritual:
These people are spiritually sensitive and receptive, no matter what. As Carl Jung famously said, “Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” One of the introvert’s hidden powers is their ability to cultivate spiritual maturity and attain a deep level of spiritual elevation in everything that they do. These people have a natural inclination for looking inwards, rather than outwards and search for their own truth. Once they find their truth, it doesn’t take much for them to accept it and be at peace with it.
5. They possess great observational skills:
An introvert follows the cliche of being a quiet and reserved personality. They tend to be less vocal and less outgoing in comparison to their extroverted counterparts, who need a certain amount of interaction and energy from the outside world. Introverts, on the other hand, interact less with others and observe more on what others are really saying. This gives them great analytical as well as observational skills. They take note of the finer details during their interaction with other human beings and this way, are able to enrich their experience and knowledge of human nature, how people are and how they respond to situations.
6. Introverts are naturally creative:
This might not hold good for all introverts and all possible situations, however, most introverts show a natural flair and passion for creativity and are naturally inclined and persuasive towards expressing their creativity through the arts, writing, music, or anything else for that matter.
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Being an introvert is not easy, particularly because the world we live in is very performance-oriented which requires people who are expressive of their skills and are able to open up and engage with just about anybody. Success is defined by how well an individual is able to manage people and cooperate with them. All this becomes much easier when a person is of extroverted nature. However, being an introvert comes with its own advantages. If you are an introvert, make sure that you are aware of your own powers and utilize them to the fullest!